", his jacket buttoned up <to show> he had no shirt on,"

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park sang joon

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The protagonist, Philip was invited to a hop-field at Ferne by his middle aged friend Athenly, where the Athenlys goes every autumn, and he came to the hut Athenly rented.
The next early morning, Philip and Athenly's children came back the hut from a bath.

Athleny, in a pair of the oldest trousers anyone had ever worn, his jacket buttoned up to show he had no shirt on, and in a wide-brimmed soft hat, was frying kippers over a fire of sticks.
[Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham]
I'd like to know if "to show" means "to the extent of showing."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think it means "in order to show." If he had been wearing a shirt, he would have left his jacket open; since he buttoned it, everyone knew he didn't have a shirt on.
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